Tarpon Fishing Charters
Tarpon fishing is guaranteed excitement for seasoned anglers and to those who have never even been fishing before. Whether you’re a tarpon fishing guide, a regular who books tarpon charters, the angler on the beach, or in a kayak who paddles his heart out for just one cast, or beginner fisherman; there is nothing like the thrill of a tarpon exploding out of the water after the hook set. Tarpon fishing has all the thrill of hunting and stalking, along with the skill of fishing that makes the anticipation factor leave your body pumping with adrenaline.
Tampa bay tarpon fishing is one of the finest fisheries in the world. The tarpon in the bay area are second to none for size and sheer numbers. Most of the fish run from 50 to 200 pounds plus. Average tarpon are 70 to 140 pounds. Trophy tarpon in these parts are 150 to 200 plus pounds. There have been tarpon landed in the bay that hit the scales just under 250 pounds. Surely there is a larger one that would break the world record swimming out there. A good day on my tarpon charters we may hook up to 20 plus grown mature tarpon. An average day during peak tarpon season, May through July, we average 8 to 12. Even on the slow days we usually manage 3 or 4 tarpon hooked ups.
Now tarpon are very hard fighters, even on 50 pound test tackle a fight on a large fish can go two hours. With high flying hard head shaking jumps and long power runs leave a lot of opportunity for them to get off. On a good day of tarpon fishing we may land half a dozen tarpon, on an average day expect 2 to 4 on my tarpon fishing charters. Even on a slow day we’ll probably land a least one. When it comes to tarpon it’s really not all about the landing, it’s more about the battles, and even the ones that get away are exciting. It’s those first 15 minutes when the tarpon make their most explosive jumps.